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Legislature Recap: No Admin Candidate, Jail Board-outs Covered, Dwyer Park Funded

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The Cortland County Legislature met last night (August 22) and had a busy agenda of items to cover. As with every legislative session, the night began with a few proclamations.

The first was a national proclamation of September as National Preparedness Month.

Additionally, September 8 was declared Journey Through Time Day in Cortland County, coinciding with the release date of a new photo-history book that contains images every municipality in the county from 1958-2018, authored by Jean Edwards, Elizabeth Wavle-Brown.


Finally, numerous members of a local Boy Scout troop were in attendance to honor Matthew Walter Lawrence Eckstrom for his achievement of Eagle Scout.

Legislator Linda Jones presented Matthew with his official acknowledgement from the county.

He thanked her in a speech that followed for playing a key role in his final project restoring bridges at Dwyer Park.




The full Legislature approved the expenditures passed through Budget & Finance this month, including just under $300K to purchase equipment necessary to take over the recycling center from Casella Waste Management.

(Click here to read an earlier article explaining those expenditures)

The Board also approved the construction of a new building at the Highway Department’s leachate pump station, providing much-needed working condition improvements under a building contract not to exceed $48K.

Dwyer Park

Also approved last night was a $50K allocation from the county’s occupancy tax revenue fund that will go towards continued restoration and maintenance efforts at Dwyer Memorial Park in Little York.

Inmate Board-out Costs

Legislators voiced appreciation to Sheriff Mark Helms and a several other county employees for their diligent work finding a way to come up with the $150K board-out cost from the recently repaired jail without raising any taxes.

That funding will now come from a personnel service budget line that falls under existing 2019 allocations to the Sheriff’s Department.

County Administrator

It’s been about nine months since Cortland County established a committee to search for and hire an administrator, and so far no candidate has won the approvals needed for a consensus.

Buildings & Grounds Committee Chair Beau Harbin says he’s still hopeful they’ll do so by the end of this year.

Central Arraignment

Judiciary & Public Safety committee chair Michael Barylski says ground has been made this month regarding a centralized arraignment process.

Barylski reported that it’s possible an official resolution with more details could be put forth by his committee by October.

This page will be updated. (last August 23, 1:11 p.m.)

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